Become an advocate
Alongside our staff, no one cares more about your child’s education than you!
So why not become an advocate to support the school and influence areas that matter to you and your child.
As well as helping with the school’s continuous improvement for the benefit of your child and the local community, being an advocate will benefit your own personal and professional development.
What does being an advocate involve?
Advocates are volunteers from all walks of life who work with our school and trust leaders to that our vision ‘Love, Learn, Live’ is being lived in our schools and the community.
Available roles & responsibilities
- Headteacher Advocate (x1 per school) (cannot be a current stakeholder)
To seek assurance that the Head is listened to, supported and challenged.
- Pupil Experience Advocate (minimum of x 2 per school)
To seek assurance that pupils are listened to, feel safe in school and are successful learners.
- Community Advocate (minimum of x2 per school)
To seek assurance that the school engages positively with its key stakeholders and local community.
- Christian Distinctiveness Advocate (minimum of x2 per school - for Church schools only)
To seek assurance that the Christian vision and values are at the heart of everything that the school does.
There is a minimum expectation regarding time commitment, but the responsibility of making a difference is extremely rewarding.
Advocates are required to attend an annual governance event in-person, visit the school once a term and attend one or two meetings each term in-person or virtually.
Who can be an advocate?
You don’t need in-depth knowledge of education to be an advocate. Your time, care and attention are the main skills required to make a huge difference to the future of children and your community.
If you are aged 18 and over, then you can be an advocate. Volunteers who accept an advocate role will need an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This normally will be arranged by the school or trust.
You will receive relevant training.
Apply for an advocate role
If you feel you might be suitable for an advocate role, contact your local Rivers school to obtain an application form.